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Day #309 – It’s Not About The Numbers

Trad: 15
Walked: 6.5 miles

As we all know, it’s not about the numbers. Except when it is…

I’m trying to keep up at least 200 finds/month this year (of course, it’s for a challenge!) and I looked at my stats to realise I was just 14 short for May. So today I set myself the target of finding all 14 to finish the task with a day to spare.

I had picked the M2M Series around Mundon (which used to run all the way to Maldon), in theory giving me 12 caches. However, things didn’t start well with 2 DNF’s! Argh! I was very glad to find the first one of the day at the third hide I tried.

Strange Fruit!
Strange Fruit!

It was typical Bank Holiday weather – cloudy, windy and perishing cold! Boy was I glad of my fleece hat. Ridiculous for almost June.

Not This Gate Post
Not This Gate Post

There were a few pockets of civilisation, but the main walk was largely rural, thankfully without the added menace of bovines to cross my path. I did see some unhappy shivering sheep – freshly shorn of their fleece coats!

Shorn Sheeps!
Shorn Sheeps!

Someone is proud of their garden – and has even acquired their own phone box to adorn it. Perhaps its a potting shed?

Phone Home
Phone Home

Unlike the cows, it’s always nice to smile politely when you’re pleased to see someone…

Smile! You've Found It!
Smile! You’ve Found It!

Eventually I had 10 in the bag from the series, so relocated the car to Maldon to do a few short walks and drive bys – finishing off most of my unfound caches from the No Mud series. I found an extra one for luck, bringing the tally to 15 for today, and nudging my monthly finds over my total. It was quite hard work!

The Ruin Of St. Giles
The Ruin Of St. Giles

Day #87 – Round The Corner

Trad: 1
Walked: 1.9 miles

21st October 2015
21st October 2015

After my DNF a few days ago during my Doddinghurst Dawdle,  the CO had been to check on the cache and confirmed it was still in situ, so I thought I should return for another look.

Gate To The Thicket
Gate To The Thicket

I passed this mysterious (and pointless!) gate onto a thicket along the footpath on the way. Once at GZ I had a better look at somewhere I initially dismissed last time, and hey, presto! The little camo’d bison was lurking under some leaves.

Day #75 – Tricky Trio, Part 1

Puzzle: 1
Walked: 6.7 miles

9th October 2015
9th October 2015

After finding yesterday’s puzzle as a cache ‘n’ dash, I headed off to East Hanningfield and Woodham Ferrers to start a recce walk for three related puzzle caches by Mr Mercator, the Mercator’s Projections 13a,b,c – Tricky Triskaideka series.

The cache pages give you information to work out a circular route on defined footpaths. Then you have to get off your butt and walk – and keep your eyes open for three important reference points:

  1. A Gate To Nowhere (made from 13 pieces of wood)
  2. Thirteen Steps
  3. A stile near a large white horse with 13 pointy bits.

Once these have been found, you need to calculate three potential distances from each point which will then give you plots which coincide with the path – the caches could be at any one of the given results. Sounds easy, right?

Actually, in practice, it’s not really that difficult. But sadly these clever puzzles get very little attention because people think they’re hard and they don’t want to work (or walk!) for the result!

Yesterday I struck lucky and found the gate AND the steps:

Gate To Nowhere!
Gate To Nowhere!
The Steps
The Steps

Although I worked out a few rough ideas in the field, I decided to return home to do more accurate calculations. Armed with this info, I set out again today to explore some of the places I had worked out. Mr Mercator had kindly told me that of my five likely locations, one was just 40m out and one was bang on. The others were red herrings – but of course he didn’t give away which was which!

I started my walk, heading towards the first of my likely candidates. I was delighted that I also passed the third reference point – the magnificent horse! – on my way:

Pointy Horsey
Pointy Horsey

Eventually, the path got me to my most convincing calculated point. After a few false starts, I finally found a little bison tube hanging on a hook! Yay! 13b done and dusted.

A hasty calculation (based on the horse’s location) while walking got me another two places to search but although I was pretty sure I’d got the right GZ, there wasn’t any reward. Similarly, my final stop of the day was very obviously the correct place from a previous finder’s log, but no cache.

So for the moment, one out of three will have to suffice – and I will log the other two as DNF.